Hello all, looking to upgrade my PC to give it that much needed OMPH to keep up to speed with the latest games and software.
My current set-up.
64 bit windows 7
Gigabyte M55S-S3 Motherboard
AMD Athlon 64 x2 6000+ running at the stock 3.00Ghz
4GB DDR2 800Mhz ram
BFG Nvidia GTX260 OC2 with a core speed of 680Mhz and a memory bus of 1100Mhz
750watt PSU (forgot the brand name)
Soilid state 80gb for windows, with 1TB of 7200rpm for storage.
3 fans blowing in cool air, 2 exhaust fans at the back and 1 on the side. GPU is saying its temperature is at 52C so stays nice and cool.
I use my PC for audio production and gaming, starting to see reduced frame rates here and there and its bugging me, but I don't think it is all down to my GPU, would also like to gain a higher export rate in Cubase too
Now, I'm looking to upgrade the motherboard, CPU and memory all at once, then get a better GPU at a later date.
Got AMD stuck in my head for some bizarre reason, mainly because it always seems cheaper.
The bundle you are looking at is not described well, they don't really say the brands. The main issue that stands out is the memory, it's a waste to get 1333mhz, get some high quality memory 1800+
The FX 8300 series should show it's stregth with your applications, but in combination with a 660 you may not be impressed in a year from now. I know it sounds commerical and I'll get flamed for this, but AMD pairs well with AMD, look into something in the 7000 series of GPU's, the model is up to you and your budget. I've heard good things about 7770's, but if you got the cash, go higher.
Also, for the motherboard, you want something in the 990FX chipset. It's bad to go cheap and not be very "future-proof", get something that you will still be happy with in a year from now.
And I was going to upgrade my GPU to at GeForce GTX 660 EX OC 2GB GDDR5.
Would this set up keep me up to speed?
I really wouldn't bother with any Bulldozer CPU. If you really have to go with AMD (and I wouldn't for a gaming build) atleast go with Piledriver (though I still wouldn't since it still falls behind Intel in gaming benchmarks.)
Cheers for the feedback
Going to raise my budget if I can.
Right going to go for an intel i5, still going to stick with an nivida GPU, is the GTX660 up to the task?
Bearing in mind I've had my set-up for a long time now and its only just starting to struggle.